Coordinated School Health (CSH) connects physical, emotional, and social health with education through eight inter-related components. This coordinated approach improves students' health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities and schools working together. Coordinated School Health works with many partners to address school health priorities. Simply put, healthy students are better learners.
Healthy School Environment
School Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
Student, Family, and Community Involvement
School Staff Wellness
What We Are Doing In The Fight Against Childhood Obesity
From installing walking tracks in every elementary school to installing refillable water bottle stations in every Sumner County Schools facility, Coordinated School Health is doing what we can to combat the rise of childhood obesity in Sumner County. Beginning this year, we will be launching the ReThink Your Drink Campaign to educate Sumner County students, staff, and parents of the harmful effects of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages and to encourage healthier beverage options. Sugar sweetened beverages are one of the number one factors leading to the drastic increase in childhood obesity.
Coordinated School Health will be providing Healthy School Teams with a ReThink Your Drink Toolkit which will include:
1. Nutrition related posters to put up at each school, particularly at water fountains and the cafeteria
2. Lessons and handouts on the dangers of sugary drink consumption and the benefits of drinking water
3. A Hidden Sugars demonstration for students and staff
4. ReThink Your Drink PowerPoint to accompany the Hidden Sugars demonstration
5. Free water bottles for every student and staff member at each school
Sumner County BMI Data
Both the obesity rate and the overweight/obesity rate have increased in each of the last 4 years in Sumner County. That is a significant and alarming trend.
“Students are entering school with higher obesity rates. In 2015-16, the kindergarten obesity rate in Sumner County was 12.8%. In 2016-17, it was 14.9%, an alarming increase of 2.1 percentage points.”
2016-2017 Overweight or Obese: 38.5%
(That means 38.5% of all students screened in Sumner County in 2016-2017 were considered overweight or obese)
2016-2017 Obese: 20.29%
2015-2016 Overweight or Obese: 37.05%
2015-2016 Obese: 19.72%
2014-2015 Overweight or Obese: 36%
2014-2015 Obese: 18.88%
2013-2014 Overweight or Obese: 34.32%
2013-2014 Obese: 18.02%
PROJECT DIABETES GRANT
In 2016, Coordinated School Health (CSH) secured a Project Diabetes grant from the Tennessee Department of Health. The goal of Project Diabetes is to decrease the prevalence of overweight/obesity across the State and, in turn, prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes and/or the consequences of this devastating disease. CSH chose to focus on decreasing consumption of sugary drinks and increasing access to physical activity opportunities.
Decreasing Consumption of Sugary Drinks
- Every school in the county will receive refillable water bottle stations
- Every student and staff member in Sumner County Schools will also receive a free water bottle through
a partnership with the Sumner County Highway Department and a grant from TDOT’s Litter Prevention campaign.
- Each school's Healthy School Team will be provided ReThink Your Drink resources (RTYD posters, RTYD Toolkit with Hidden Sugars Lesson, RTYD Powerpoint Presentation) to promote water as an alternative to sugary drinks
Increasing Access to Physical Activity
- Walking tracks for every elementary school
- Mini-grants for Walk Across Sumner (Over $20,000 went to PE programs in 2017-2018)
- Professional development opportunities for PE teachers
School Walking Tracks
Sumner County Coordinated School Health has a goal of installing a walking track in every elementary school by the end of the school year 2019. With additional funding from the Tennessee Department of Health's Project Diabetes grant, we are on track to achieve that goal!